To dupe, or not to dupe…

Quilted Bag (splurgesave)

Chanel price found on Brag my Bag.  Love Crossbody price found on Rebecca Minkoff website.

I showed my husband a picture of a bag I thought of purchasing and his response was “That looks like one of those Chanel bags you want, why would you get a fake?”.  My initial thoughts were:

  1. He actually knows what a Chanel bag looks like! Is a surprise gift coming my way?!
  2. It’s not a fake, it’s a look-a-like.
  3. Good point.  Do I really want a look-a-like?
  4. There is no surprise gift because he almost choked when I mentioned the price of a Chanel bag.

Which brings me to this post…Is it a faux pas to buy a designer dupe?

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Day Trip to the Canadian Rockies

Mountain Day Trip2

Coat: Zara || Jeans: Levi’s || Shirt:  H&M || Boots: Timberland (Winners) || Sunglasses: Steve Madden (Winners) || Toque & Scarf: My Own Wardrobe

The Canadian Rockies are practically in my backyard.  That’s a slight exaggeration but it is a short drive from the city.  We are very lucky to live so close to this majestic and breath taking landscape and I am awestruck every time I visit.  The Ice Magic Festival is held yearly in Banff and Lake Louise which showcases an International Ice Carving Competition.  We were a week too late to view the ice sculptures as 90% of them had been removed but my kids were able to skate on the frozen lake. Continue reading

Everyday Essentials – Skin Care


Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonders + Cleanse: African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser (Left), Truth Serum Collagen Booster (Middle), Invigorating Night Treatment (Bottom Right), Sheer Transformation (Top Right)

I don’t know about you but I am constantly on the lookout for skin care products.  I can never seem to find one that works for me.  A little background, I have combination skin, oily T-Zone and dry elsewhere, plus my skin is sensitive.  I know that junk food is a major cause of my breakouts but I can’t resist a good chocolate bar.  I have also used products from the drugstore, to high end cosmetic lines, to doctor recommended.  I have not found a line that made a noticeable difference. Continue reading